Digital might live forever, but film was not made to last. Celluloid is extremely fragile; half of all films made before 1950, and over 80 per cent made before 1929, are lost forever. Enter director Martin Scorsese, who in an effort to save and restore the irreplaceable, established The Film Foundation in 1990 with filmmakers Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick and others. This autumn, the non-profit gets a stylish helping hand from Ludovic du Plessis and cognac house Louis XIII, which has created an exclusive blend called L’Odyssée d’Un Roi, a gesamtkunstwerk in three editions to be auctioned by Sotheby’s.
Each set is a luxury-brand collaboration comprising a magnum of Louis XIII cognac in an etched crystal decanter by centuries-old glassmaker Saint-Louis, tasting glasses and a white-gold pipette from silversmith Puiforcat, all housed in a bespoke Hermès case. “We’re delighted to partner with Martin Scorsese,” says du Plessis, adding that these “masterpieces” are a “tribute to craftsmanship, legacy, time and savoir-faire,” shared by The Film Foundation and Louis XIII.
Auctions at Sotheby’s: New York (10 September), Hong Kong (1 October) and London (16 November).
Banner image: Ludovic du Plessis and Martin Scorsese. Portrait by Stéphane De Bourgies.